Online Event: Air Force Pilot Retention: New Recommendations for An Enduring Crisis
Please join the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) International Security Program for a panel discussion on Air Force pilot retention with new recommendations for an enduring crisis featuring: Dr. Tim Kane, Kate Kidder, Lt Col. Jeffrey Schneider, and Lt Col. Tobias Switzer. The discussion will delve into the findings and viability of three recommendations for the Air Force and Congress to make longer military careers more attractive for pilots. The conversation will be informed by the findings of a recent CSIS report: Three Recommendations for Improving Air Force Pilot Retention.
In spite of the collapse of the airline industry and pilot hiring, the Air Force still faces a long-term challenge retaining its pilots. History shows that once the economy recovers, airline pilot hiring will begin accelerating within 2-3 years. Nearly 20,000 civilian airline pilots are close to the maximum age limit of 65 and will need to be replaced shortly. This report proposes three ways the Air Force and Congress can increase pilots' career satisfaction and gain longer service commitments without additional outlays.
Dr. Timothy Kane is the J.P. Conte Research Fellow in Immigration Studies at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University where he specializes in economic growth, immigration, and national security. He served as an intelligence officer in the US Air Force serving in Japan and South Korea, between 1990-1995. Dr. Kane is the author of “Bleeding Talent: How the US Military Mismanages Great Leaders and Why It's Time for a Revolution” and “Total Volunteer Force: Lessons from the US Military on Leadership Culture and Talent Management.”
Lt Col Jeffrey Schneider is a program manager at the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). He flew F-16s in the active duty Air Force and Air National Guard and is an airline pilot. Before coming to DIU, Lt Col Schneider served at the Pentagon in the A5 Requirements Office as an action officer for Combat Air Force requirements and was the National Guard representative for the Chief of Staff of the Air Force's Squadron Revitalization initiative.
Katherine Kidder (moderator) is an associate political scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her research specializations include DoD institutional and organizational design and management; military recruitment, retention, and talent management policy; professional military education; military readiness; and ground force concept development. Prior to joining RAND, Kidder was a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security focusing on military personnel policy, defense legislation and budgeting, and civil-military relations.
This event is made possible by general support to CSIS. This report was made possible by the generous support of the Department of the Air Force.